TT 22: Blues(?) and Break

New guest post by Asher Tobin Chodos: The History of the Blues…Scale?

I also blogged quick reviews of recent work by Guerrieri and Tarantino.

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Going to take the month off of DTM and social media; Back after labor day. If you come see me in Beijing or Tokyo, please say hi!

= August 13 trio with Dylan Reis and Matt Wilson at Halyards, Brooklyn

= August 17-18 Billy Hart quartet with Mark Turner, Joe Martin at Blue Note Beijing

= August 20-23 Billy Hart quartet with Mark Turner, Joe Martin at Cotton Club, Tokyo

= August 24 duo with Mark Turner at Cotton Club, Tokyo

= August 30/31 trio with Larry Grenadier and Al Foster at Mezzrow, NYC

TT 21: American piano music/John Scofield

Hello from Langnau, Switzerland, where I’m part of a great faculty at a jazz workshop here.

(Shane Endsely, Angie Sanchez, Chris Tordini, Aurora Nealand, me, Chris Speed, John Hollenbeck, Hilmar Jensson)

On Saturday I play duo with Ron Carter as part of Langnau Jazz Nights.

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New big DTM: I’ve been meaning to do this for a while: now it’s done, so I can move on: Write It All Down, an overview of 20th-century American classical music for piano.

Other recent DTM includes Anthology (recent records) and Edwin Fischer and Rosalyn Tureck play Bach.

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The second Chronology for JazzTimes is online: John Scofield, Steve Swallow, and Adam Nussbaum's December 1981 European tour. Next up: Mary Lou Williams, followed by Don Cherry…

TT 20: gigs, Stryker 2

Jazz buffs will enjoy the second part of the Mark Stryker interview, where Mr. Stryker weighs in on many great jazz saxophonists.

Summertime performances include:

= July 11 The Bach Store: every day in July, Evan Shinners (“WTF Bach”) plays 2-5:30pm. Guests artists are at 6:15 pm. On the 11th I will offer Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue + other Bach pieces/my own stuff thebachstore.com

= July 19 duos (Brahms G major violin sonata) and trios (my own “Tiny Trio” and Piazzolla tangos) with Johnny Gandelsman and Michael Nicolas,  Union Hall, Rockport, Maine, part of Bay Chamber Concerts

= July 27 Duo with Ron Carter in Langnau, Switzerland, part of Langnau Jazz Nights, where I will be teaching all week

= August 2 Billy Hart quartet with Mark Turner, Ben Street at Newport Jazz Festival. That same night I am also part of a piano extravaganza organized by Jon Batiste

= August 13 trio with Dylan Reis and Matt Wilson at Halyards, Brooklyn

= August 17-18 Billy Hart quartet with Mark Turner, Joe Martin at Blue Note Beijing
= August 20-23 Billy Hart quartet with Mark Turner, Joe Martin at Cotton Club, Tokyo
= August 24 duo with Mark Turner at Cotton Club, Tokyo

= August 30/31 trio with Larry Grenadier and Al Foster at Mezzrow, NYC

TT 18: Village Vanguard this week!

Just done with the last MMDG Pepperland until the Kennedy Center in November. Jacob Garchik took a good photo of the UK band with technical director Johan Henckens:

(Yegor Shevtsov, Brian Krock, Vinnie Sperrazza, Clinton Curtis, me, Johan, Rob Schwimmer)

New DTM: Recap of Healdsburg and Spoleto with Mark Turner.

THIS WEEK! Come on out to the Village Vanguard! These star soloists will have star lighting. Guaranteed.

I just spoke to the club, and they say that the reservations are looking respectable except for late sets Tuesday-Thursday, which might end up being a bit light. Last week Mark and I talked about how great the sound is in the club with only a few people in attendance. Those have been some of my favorite moments as a listener at the Vanguard, when there’s plenty of room to hang, and the band is deep into the music in front of a few true believers.

Thanks again for listening, reading, and going out to the show(s)…

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